Dowagiac, Michigan, December 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Southwestern Michigan College (SMC) and 1st Source Bank today announced that with a major donation from the 1st Source Foundation, the refurbished sports facility at Charles O. Zollar building on the Dowagiac campus will be named â1st Source Bank Fieldhouseâ.
In addition to the return of nationally ranked cross-country teams to competition this fall, the SMC Board of Directors authorized the return of NJCAA men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and men’s wrestling in May. for fall 2022. The college will also create a pep marching band and a competitive female dance team. In order to modernize the existing facilities and create land for the Roadrunners, a major renovation project began in October.
âWe are delighted to relaunch our athletics program as part of providing an affordable college life experience for our students,â said Thomas F. Jerdon, Chairman of the Board. âThe donation from the 1st Source Foundation will be a transformation for SMC, and it is a prime example of local organizations and businesses supporting this growth opportunity. “
âWe are touched and grateful for this generous donation from the 1st Source Foundation,â said Dr. Joe Odenwald, President of SMC. “This will help provide incredible opportunities for over 100 student-athletes per year to pursue the activities they enjoy at the college level, be part of a dynamic team and compete for championships while preparing for careers.” enriching. It’s also a tremendous vote of confidence in what we’re doing at SMC to make high quality education more affordable for everyone. Through our long partnership, it has become clear that 1st Source Bank supports improving college success rates and the economic vitality of the entire region.
The donation of $ 400,000 from the 1st Source Foundation secures naming rights until 2032 for the entire competition area, including the gymnasium, court and seating. To create a first-class destination venue, the overall project includes replacing the original gymnasium floor with a new high-quality basketball and volleyball surface, replacing the original bleachers with a new one. system that will meet the requirements of the United States Disability Act and provide greater comfort and accessibility for fans of all ages. This project also includes the installation of energy efficient LED ceiling lights, the installation of a new video dashboard and audio system, the construction of new state-of-the-art locker rooms for the Roadrunners, the reconfiguration of the locker rooms. existing facilities for visiting teams, the addition of an officials room and the construction of a second-floor suite of coaches’ offices and a staging area – with a glass wall facing the pitch – suitable for premium receptions, recruiting events and viewing experiences. The 1st Source Bank Fieldhouse is expected to be ready for student athlete use in July 2022.
âWe are honored to support Southwestern Michigan College and its vision of a state-of-the-art sports complex where student-athletes, faculty, staff and spectators will benefit from the new facilities,â commented Shelli Alexander, President regional, 1st source bank. âFor nearly 60 years, Southwestern Michigan College has made a fundamental difference in our community by providing quality, affordable education – we view this gift as an investment in our future leaders. We are happy to help Southwestern Michigan College provide an exceptional college experience, right here at home. We also know that sports teams and music programs have a positive impact on student engagement and completion rates. This is the main objective of this scholarship, to ensure that a greater number of students in our region obtain a college diploma as soon as possible.
The 1st Source Foundation provides support to organizations working in the following fields:
- Social welfare and personal services
- Culture and arts
- Community, civic and neighborhood involvement
The 1st Source Foundation was created to improve and strengthen the social, economic and cultural fabric of the communities served by its banking centers.
1st Source Corporation, parent company of 1st Source Bank, has assets of over $ 8.0 billion and is the largest locally controlled financial institution headquartered in the North Indiana and Southwest region. from Michigan. The company includes 79 banking centers, 18 specialist 1st Source Bank finance group locations nationwide, nine wealth advisory service locations and ten 1st Source insurance offices. For over 157 years, 1st Source has been committed to its mission to help our customers achieve security, create wealth and achieve their dreams. For more information, visit www.1stsource.com.
Southwestern Michigan College is a public, residential, and suburban community college founded in 1964. The college offers above-average graduation / transfer rates compared to other community colleges nationwide and course completion college-level student who consistently ranks in the top 25 percent of two-year colleges nationwide. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges.
Those wishing to learn more about Southwestern Michigan College or support SMC Athletics should visit swmich.edu and smcroadrunners.com.
1st Source Bank presents ceremonial check to Southwestern Michigan College